Ap­point­ments

Gulf Business - - APPOINTMENTS/EVENTS -

Vi­nay Mal­ho­tra

Out­sourc­ing and tech­nol­ogy ser­vices firm VFS Global has ap­pointed Vi­nay Mal­ho­tra as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Mid­dle East and South Asia. Mal­ho­tra has more than two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the travel in­dus­try. In his new role, he will over­see the com­pany’s core visa busi­ness, key client re­la­tion­ships and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Ahead of join­ing VFS, he served at Emi­rates Air­lines for more than 10 years, over­see­ing air­port and com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in the Mid­dle East. Be­fore that he worked at Swis­sair and Galileo.

Khaled Al Melhi

Tech­nol­ogy out­sourc­ing and data cen­tre provider In­jazat has se­lected Khaled Al Melhi as its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. In­jazat is fully owned by Mubadala, the in­vest­ment arm of the govern­ment of Abu Dhabi. Prior to his ap­point­ment, Melhi served as chair­man of In­jazat. His ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in the ICT sec­tor are seen as an ad­van­tage that will help drive and ex­pand the com­pany’s busi­ness.

Olivier Granet

Ac­corHo­tels has pro­moted Olivier Granet to the role of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for the Mid­dle East and Africa. He will man­age the chain’s di­verse port­fo­lio and ex­pan­sion strate­gies, par­tic­u­larly fo­cus­ing on the econ­omy and mid­scale seg­ment. He will also de­velop and re­tain ta­lent within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and su­per­vise the launch of new brands, prod­ucts and ser­vices. He also plans to de­sign new con­cepts in the food and bev­er­age sec­tor and spear­head the Planet 21 sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives in line with the group’s 2020 goals.

James Dun­can

Abu Dhabi-based re­tail and leisure de­vel­oper Al Far­waniya has ap­pointed James Dun­can as its new chief project of­fi­cer. Dun­can is com­mis­sioned with lead­ing an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme to de­velop the cap­i­tal’s Reem Mall, which will house the world’s largest in­door snow park when com­pleted, along­side more than 450 re­tail, restau­rants and en­ter­tain­ment venues. He has more than 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and has suc­cess­fully led the de­liv­ery of sev­eral multi-bil­lion dol­lar projects in the UK, France and the Mid­dle East.

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